It is amazing that during Thanksgiving week, there are still some obsessing publicly over the presidential election earlier this month.  A recent article from World Net Daily details how the Electoral College could be prevented from selecting a president.  To add to a Tenther’s list of reasons to be thankful, let’s include no longer being wrapped up in this nonsense.

Technically, Judson Phillips is correct as he outlines the ways in which the Twelfth Amendment can prevent President Obama from serving another term.  In order for the Electoral Votes to be certified, a quorum of two-thirds of the 50 states must participate in the Electoral College.  If seventeen of the twenty-four states can be persuaded to do this, the Electoral College will not have a quorum and will be unable to renew Obama’s lease at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Phillips calls on readers in what could call dubbed the “Twelfther” movement to contact the Secretaries of State in the states Romney carried and tell them not to participate in the Electoral College in the hopes of denying Democratic states the necessary quorum.

If the Electoral College does not choose a president, the decision constitutionally goes to the Congress, with the Republican-dominated House being likely to choose Romney as president and the enlarged Democrat majority in the Senate reelecting Vice President Joe Biden to his post.  If that happens, what then?

Phillips admits Romney would not be a great president, but he would be better than Obama.  How much better, in terms of results, would a Romney presidency be given the current makeup of Congress?  Let’s explore this.

The biggest concern in the minds of conservatives with a second Obama term, and justifiably so, is the Affordable Care Act being cemented as the “law of the land” in America.  Tea Partiers and other conservative groups had laid down all their chips on Romney taking the White House and Republicans taking the Senate; that didn’t happen. As mentioned before, Democrats increased their numbers in the Senate, making the likelihood of repeal a near impossibility, even with a President Romney.

There is still a Republican House, which could get behind President Romney on the repeal of ObamaCare, right?  Given their actions during Obama’s first term, plus John Boehner’s remarks after Obama’s reelection, don’t count on it.  This is the same House that, under the threat of a government shutdown, fully funded a continuing resolution.  Even Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, voted yes on these resolutions, which funded ObamaCare, the NATO-led war in Libya, and even Planned Parenthood.  So the so-called “pro-life” Republicans funded the nation’s biggest abortion provider?  Even Tenther’s who consider themselves pro-choice would agree that’s not one of the enumerated powers of the federal government!

Even with a Romney presidency, the Senate can use that same threat of a government shutdown to get what they want.  They have seen this tactic works, and they will use it until they find it doesn’t, which will never happen.

Romney supporters (especially the reluctant ones), we at the Tenth Amendment Center share your concern about our current president’s policies of both the past and coming four years.  We feel your pain and your desire to prevent the further usurpations against our liberties that the federal government will inevitably attempt.  But please, don’t waste your energy on schemes that will fail.  In the same words we have used with Ron Paul supporters, or those who supported Gary Johnson or Virgil Goode, you didn’t win on the national stage, but all is not lost.  Your guy garnered nearly 60 million individual votes.  If all of you, or even a Tenth of you, devoted your political energies to lobbying for nullification of ObamaCare, the drone war, the NDAA and the myriad other abominations from DC, you would help us change the political landscape in America.

If you supported Obama, you can get in on this, too.  When you have finished your victory dances, and you have stopped waiting for him to help you pump your gas, and you realize a victory for Obama is a victory for…Obama, come and join us.  You may actually be able to do something about all those things George W. Bush did that Obama somehow never got around to undoing in his first four years.

Get involved with the Tenth Amendment Center now by going to or run for state or local office.  But don’t just wait around to see who will run in 2016 or even 2014, hoping your efforts will pay off one out of 1431 or 730 days.  Stand for something that can bear fruit every year, perhaps several times a year.  That fruit is liberty, and the soil to plant it is not the polluted ground of DC, but your own home soil.

Benjamin W. Mankowski, Sr.

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